The Black-and-Red have been accustomed to hectic stretches in regards of the schedule this year, although this next stretch is quite daunting. They’ll be playing three matches in six days starting tonight in Chicago.
The Fire have lost their last three matches, they’ll certainly be pressed to come out at home and try and get a win over the top team in the Conference. The last time these two teams met, United won 3-1 earlier this month.
In that last game, David Accam made an impression. His pace and skill on the ball definitely bothered the Black-and-Red all game. Although, Accam is believed to be out due to an injured hamstring. Davy Arnaud will be missing this game due to suspension courtesy of yellow card accumulation as will Chicago’s Matt Polster.
With the current schedule, this should be treated as nothing but a scheduled rest for the veteran Arnaud. With those factors in mind, this is surely to be a different game than the last matchup as several players will play bigger roles. Expect Markus Halsti to take that role next to Kitchen this game.
Keys to a United Victory
- Intensity. The Black-and-Red have yet to put together a full 90 minutes of good from, no better day than today to get that done
- Supporting Rolfe/Fabi. DC must make runs behind the defense to give their playmakers targets to pass to
- Make plays out wide. In their 2nd half turnaround against New England, DeLeon and Aguilar put pressure on the defense with their ability to win 1v1s. They broke down the defense and provided great service to teammates in the box